Winter weather questionable as temps stay low

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While it is too early to say whether Kilgore will have winter precipitation as the calendar turns to a new year, the cold weather is here to stay for the remainder of 2017. 

National Weather Service hydrologist C.S. Ross, stationed at the Shreveport office, said it is too early to say whether an Arctic air mass bringing with it even colder weather could also bring snow or ice. 

Ice should not be a threat for the remainder of 2017, though, as the chilly temperatures will be accompanied by dry weather. 

Wednesday and Thursday will see high temperatures only reaching about 40 degrees with the low temperatures dipping into the 30s. 

New Years’ Eve and New Years’ Day could see precipitation with temperatures at or below freezing. If the forecast stays the same, this will mean the possibility of ice on the roads. Besides the possibility of ice due to rain and sub-freezing temperatures, Ross sad, it is too early to say whether Kilgore will see any snow or freezing rain or sleet.

During the month of December, the two most notable rainfalls have been Dec. 16 and 19, local backyard meteorologist B.J. Clark said, who measures rainfall with both mechanical and electronic rain gauges from his home.

On Dec. 16, he recorded two and a half inches of rain. The Dec. 19 storms dumped four inches of rain – over a 24-hour period between midnight and midnight – on Clark’s Higginbotham Road home. The National Weather Service’s Rabbit Creek measuring station in another part of town recorded 2.71 inches of rain Dec. 19.

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